Title: The Rising of the Shield Hero #7
Author: Aneko Yusagi
Format: Light Novel
Naofumi is getting worried about the other three Heroes. They went missing before the battle with the gigantic Spirit Tortoise and haven’t been seen since. Not that he really wants to work with them, or likes them at all, but if they die he’s in trouble. But his hunt gets derailed when the Spirit Tortoise resurrects bigger and meaner than ever. And surprisingly, one of the Spirit Tortoises’s familiars shows up offering to help them take it down. Naofumi barely survived the last round, and he hasn’t had time to recover fully, but there’s no choice but to engage again and try to find the way to really kill something the size of a mountain.
Most of this book is a single fight, but various complications and new information about the overall situation keep things interesting. Naofumi finally gets to see what Fitoria meant about saving the world versus saving the people, as he learns the Spirit Tortoise’s true purpose.
And we get some surprise allies (and surprise enemies) for the last fight.
I liked the new magic Naofumi discovers by the end. This one he describes as more like math, and requiring more mental work to set up. When he mentions that it was harder to learn to read the book of spells than to actually learn the spells, I laughed, because it’s those kinds of ironic details that make Naofumi so much fun to read. It’s unclear how much he’ll be able to progress in this area without a teacher, but it does give him access to yet another useful way to branch out.
It was also nice to see the Shield of Wrath mostly taken out of the equation when it comes to fighting. Naofumi has been relying on his Curse shields a lot in previous books, but now he’s fighting smarter, and also finding that it won’t always be his ace shield.
Ost is also a good addition to the cast. She disturbs Naofumi on a visceral level, but he finds himself liking her a lot more than he expected. She’s too focused on helping them take down the Spirit Tortoise, even though she’s technically a Spirit Tortoise familiar. She gives Naofumi another perspective on heroism. Even though he can’t do what she does, he respects her for that strength of character.
Given the ending, I am very much looking forward to where this goes next. I rate this book Recommended.